Over the years, my husband and I have collected a pretty nice assortment of these types of items so I have a great supply to draw from. At Christmas, I change up my fireplace mantels to reflect the holiday. Instead of continually buying new Christmas decor to get a new look each year, I create my own festive decorations from what I already have in the house.
This year, I brought out a couple of my favorite Christmas mantel decorations and then went to work on creating something new.
I looked around in some of the rooms in our basement and found a cool old red metal tin battery holder for a miners light. It was perfect to make into a vase for a Christmas arrangement:
I added some vintage wooden blocks underneath the light to complete the look. Here is the full mantel:
I also have a half wall ledge that I wanted to do something interesting with. Once again, I dug into some of our old and rusty supplies and I kind of like what I came up with for an arrangement. I filled a wooden tray with gold and sparkly pine cones and contrasted it with a couple of rusty gears and a rusty steel ball.
I like to have a container of birch logs set out for the holiday season and this year I have a nice rusty bucket to display them in. I went out into the yard and cut some greenery and red berry stems to add to the bucket and now have a very festive and rustic display.
Finally, my husband and I created a funky steel winter tree display out of some salvaged parts and pretty glass beads.